New Zealand Encounters: Carringtons, Maori and Mountains.

[caption id="attachment_51451" align="alignleft" width="176"] With Te Maire Tau at Ngai Tahu headquarters[/caption] Among desolate ruins still remaining from the 2010 Christchurch earthquake and shining new buildings under construction, my sister Imogen, my nephew Mark and I, stood with a distinguished Māori scholar Te Maire Tau in front of the stylish façade of the tribal headquarters of Ngai Tahu. Welcomed into the elegant interior, we entered an office where we were introduced to Māori researching genealogy. Two of them rose from their computers and greeted us with...

ISLAMOPHOBIA AND THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

The vilification of refugees from Syria and the backlash against Islam following the atrocities in Paris, compel me to respond. The Republican Islamophobes currently competing for the US presidency and their followers are trying to capitalize on fear, just as George Bush did to arouse support for the Iraq War. They are ignorant of history and lack essential knowledge. They should know that the Prophet Muhammad, while countering tribal warfare and polytheism among Arabs, revered the monotheistic Jewish and Christian religions. He described their followers as...

I GRIEVE FOR SYRIA, VICTIM OF CULTURAL GENOCIDE

The horror of the current Syrian refugee crisis, coinciding with the destruction of the two thousand year old Temple of Bel at Palmyra, intensified the pain that I have felt ever since Bashar al-Assad ordered police to attack peaceful protesters with live bullets in the spring of 2011. Syrian Refugees blocked from boarding trains at Keleti Station Budapest (Daily Mail) 9/1/15 Syrian refugees in Jordan The Temple of Bel, Palmyra (32 CE) and Tower Tomb of Ehlahbel (103 CE) as I saw them in 2006. Destroyed...